Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Dallas Keuchel
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers go for the three-game sweep of Houston with rookie left-hander Martin Perez facing Astos lefty Dallas Keuchel at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.
Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Perez (9-5, 3.54 ERA): Perez is 0-2 in his last three starts after winning six in a row from Aug. 5 to Sept. 3. ... He took a no-decision in the Rangers' 2-1 loss at Kansas City on Friday night, allowing a run in 5 2/3 innings. ... Perez will try for his 10th win for the fourth time, hoping to join Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Matt Garza (between the AL and NL) with double-digit wins. ... Perez is tied with Matt Harrison for the most wins by a Rangers rookie left-hander. ... Perez had the best start of his career in his only appearance against the Astros this season, throwing a complete game while striking out a career-high eight. He was one strike away from a shutout but allowed a home run to Chris Carter.
Keuchel (6-9, 4.99 ERA): Keuchel is making his final start of the season. ... He is 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA in his last six starts and has allowed 43 hits in 34 innings over that span. ... Keuchel did pitch well in his last start Thursday against Cleveland, allowing one run in seven innings. He had seven strikeouts and walked only one. ... Opponents are batting .299 against him. ... Keuchel is 0-5 with an 11.10 ERA in six career road starts. ... He allowed a run in five innings in his only start against the Rangers.
Hitters:Adrian Beltre is 4-for-12 with two doubles against Keuchel. Chris Carter is 4-for-8 with two home runs and three RBIs against Perez.